23 Apr 2009

Helen Clark awarded honorary doctorate

10:12 am on 23 April 2009

The University of Auckland is to give former Prime Minister Helen Clark an honorary degree, describing her as one of its most illustrious graduates.

University Chancellor Roger France says the honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) recognises Helen Clark's enormous contribution to New Zealand and on the international stage.

He says as a Member of Parliament since 1981 and Prime Minister for nine years Miss Clark has made a mark nationally and internationally in a way that few leaders can aspire to.

Mr France says as well as being a distinguished graduate and former academic staff member of the university she has shown a consistent interest in her alma mater.

The degree will be awarded at a ceremony later this month.